Corporate IT office in Eagan, MN gives back to The Open Door
This story was submitted through the Maximus Foundation’s Share Your Story campaign and represents Maximus employees’ commitment to creating positive change. Read this story of impact told by Troy Bauer, Vice President - IT Support Services, Information Technology.
Maximus works with many community charities throughout the country. In continuing Maximus’ charitable work and giving back to the local community, the Corporate IT office in Eagan, Minnesota, selected the Open Door Pantry for this year’s charitable event! The Open Door Pantry is a Minnesota-based hunger relief organization dedicated to ending local hunger through access to healthy food. Our Eagan location chose to participate in their Mobile Lunch Box program, a new approach to addressing children’s hunger − providing meals when parents are at work and children are not in school with access to free and reduced meal programs.
The Mobile Lunch Box brings free healthy lunches to low-income neighborhoods across Dakota County. The suburbs lead the state of Minnesota in the number of missed meals during the summer, making it the most opportune time to deliver meals to students. This year, their staff and volunteers delivered nearly 25,000 meals and 11,000 snack packs across 5 Dakota County School Districts, to 27 neighborhoods, 5 days a week!
The idea of the Mobile Lunch Box program is straightforward − volunteers fill each bag with five to seven healthy, quick, non-perishable items. The snacks in each bag include juice, oatmeal, granola bars, mac and cheese, a beef stick, and assorted crackers. These bags are essential when kids are at home and looking for food options.
During the first week of August, Maximus team members had the opportunity to pack snack bags in our Eagan office. The packing station was set up in our conference room for the entire week. More than 50 employees helped pack snack packs, and we are so happy to share that during our five days of efforts, we packed more than 400 snack packs, totaling nearly 500 pounds of food for The Open Door Pantry. We are excited to have contributed our time and efforts to their snack pack program!
Giving back to the communities we serve
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